The boho vibe that embraces you as you enter the Blue Zucchini brasserie makes you want to sing Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder songs out loud and dance around carefree in colourful clothing. Or maybe I just had a strong espresso last time I was there.
Joking aside, the atmosphere at ‘Blu Zu’ is part of the reason we keep going back for more. Helped, of course, by smiley and energetic staff, good background music, singular – though undoubtedly fun – decor, and to top it all, the food: good, authentic, flavoursome, no-nonsense food. From the zesty, moreish tomato soup (served with chunky bread), to the fresh and satisfying tomato and mozzarella salad – crisp leaves, tasty tomatoes and the creamiest mozzarella, finished with the perfect dressing – the food has never disappointed. The portions are generous and the choice of fresh ingredients shows up in the quality of the final product.
And for healthier (more robust) appetites the egg & chips is legendary – a simple dish that is executed well, but also one that has increasing appeal merely for the fact it is served in enamelled cast iron bowls. It sounds rudimentary, but it really works, making a dish that everyone wants to tuck in to. If you’re there slightly earlier in the day, the exceedingly hearty full-English is there for hungry parents and children alike: a fantastic brunch option.
We have spent many a happy hour observing the comings and goings – plenty of cyclists visit this place en route for a well earned break, a giant pot of tea and a large helping of one of the delicious home-made cakes (I recommend the coffee & walnut and the Victoria sponge!!). Another particular favourite is the treacle tart; made with lemon zest which sets off the richness and sweetness, it goes down very well with a hot cup of tea. It is one of life’s little pleasures to enjoy, sitting out the front and watching the Cotswold world go by.
Back to that decor, though. This really is one of the reasons we like Blue Zucchini. The walls are covered with interesting magazine cuttings, graffiti and memorabilia a lot of which dates back so far, it is almost achingly back on trend. It all conspires to keep you entertained and sparking new topics of conversation – be warned though, that you will have to explain to the kids that the round plastic discs on the wall are not large CDs but actual vinyl records. In the summer you can sit out the back in the yard, surrounded by pot plants and flower climbers, savouring one of the delicious milkshakes – the kids just love them. The whole place has a very particular charm, one to which we succumb willingly and frequently. For brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea, it always seems to have something you want.